YENG Guiao was direct to the point – NLEX lost the game more than Meralco won it.
“It’s really frustrating. It’s a bad loss.”
Indeed, it was.
The Road Warriors were holding an 82-66 lead early in the final quarter and still led by nine in the final five minute mark, until the team began to implode.
NLEX never scored in the final two minutes and were hurt by one turnover after another, two of them by guard Juami Tiongson that paved the way for the Bolts to complete the comeback win.
“Just too many turnovers in a short period of time especially happening in the endgame,” said Guiao.
“Turnovers and I felt the bad calls conspired to turn a win into a loss,” added the NLEX coach without further elaborating.
But there was no question, the Road Warriors had nothing but themselves to blame as they fell to their third straight loss for a 4-5 record.
“We have to take some blame for it, we have to take some responsibility for it,” he said. “I couldn’t find a point guard in the endgame who can carry the game for us. Kahit sinong bunutin kong point guard turnover ang resulta.
“That’s where it is really frustrating, And I felt before the string of turnovers happened, we were in control of the game.”
But all is not lost for the Road Warriors’ quarterfinals bid.
“We’ll just have to look forward to the next game, win a couple more, and get ourselves to the quarterfinals and see what happens after that.
We still have a good chance of making the quarterfinals as long as we win our next games,” added Guiao, who is set to file his Certificate of Candidacy on Monday as he seeks to get back his former seat in Congress as representative of Pampanga’s first district.